Classic put-down for ANC Youth League

2010-11-11 13:43

The ANC Youth League in the Northern Cape earned a witty reprimand from government spokesperson Themba Maseko today for its attack on national director of public prosecutions Menzi Simelane.

“I’m reminded of a comment made by Plato in a book called The Republic. He said the worst thing anybody can do is to express a very strong opinion on something you know very little about,” he told a media briefing on Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.

The matter was not discussed at Cabinet, he added.

The league’s Northern Cape branch on Monday called Simelane a “rented dog of a political conspiracy” following the arrest of provincial ANC leader John Block on fraud charges.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu subsequently demanded the league apologise to Simelane.

But Northern Cape league chairman Shadrack Tlhaole refused, telling supporters after Block’s court appearance on Wednesday: “The ANCYL is standing by its decision and will not apologise to anyone when we defend John Block.”

Simelane is prosecuting Block and eight others for alleged tender fraud worth R112?million related to the purchase of water purification equipment for Kimberley Hospital, at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

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